The East Bengal Club is nearing it’s centennarial celebrations. The officials are planning to observe the occasion with grandeur.
Each year on 1st August the club confers the prestigious ‘Bharat Gourab’ award to an eminent sporting personality of the country. This year India’s 1983 Cricket World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev is to be given the honour who according to the officials have agreed to receive it.
Kapil’s relation with the Red and Golds dates back to 1992 when on 22nd June he signed for the club “to generate interest” for football in the country. Six days later he played as a striker in an exhibition derby match against Mohun Bagan where he came as a substitute of Kuljit Singh and played for 27 minutes wearing the Red and Gold shirt. Although he could not keep regular track of the club’s developments but he was aware of the ASEAN Cup victory by the club and other prominent moments. Many people don’t know that before taking up cricket, Kapil regularly played football. He started as a full-back, then got shifted to goalkeeping and ended up being a striker!
The East Bengal officials had other names in consideration as well but ultimately decided to go with the greatest all-rounder the country has ever produced. Previously sporting greats like Milkha Singh, Dhanraj Pillay, Mohammed Habib have been bestowed upon the honour and this time Kapil Dev is going to be a prominent addition to the marquee list.